Can-did endeavours

Published: Monday 30 September 1996

-- the Japanese (who else?) are stealing a march over other industrialised nations in recycling. While earlier it was the law for the promotion of utilisation of recyclable resources passed in 1992 which forced industries to improve recycling methods, it is now the law for the promotion of sorted collection and recycling of containers that has had the municipal authorities scurrying for more vigorous garbage collection.

The new law which is to come into effect from April next year envisages a better use for such containers like aluminium and steel cans. In fact, Japan has already become number one in the world when it surpassed the us by recycling 65.7 per cent of its cans to the us rate of 62.5 per cent. Japan's sturdy performance is being ascribed to its technique of sorted garbage collection by the local municipalities.

Such is the drive towards recycling that there is a war between the steel and aluminium industries in Japan to activate more uses of their respective products.

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